The Antonian Society of Bethlehem focuses on social programs and among their biggest and most vital is their assisted living facility and senior citizen program. Due to economic hardship and the military occupation, the volunteers find it difficult to maintain the level of services necessary to provide for the residents. Some of the elderly residents have families who can no longer care for them, while others are living with physical and/or mental challenges.
The Antonian Society serves male and female senior citizens in Bethlehem and also provides them with basic healthcare. There are not many organizations that provide such services. The Jerusalem Fund, empowered by your generous donations, was able to partner with this charity to bring relief to seniors in Palestine. The center is at capacity, and, thanks to this partnership, felt the warmth of your generosity last winter.
Ninety percent of the residents' families cannot afford their daily expenses such as food, heat, electricity, water, etc. The Antonian Society needed help purchasing energy for the building's heating unit before the winter began so the elderly could escape the bitter cold. The Jerusalem Fund partnered with the Antonian Society to allow them to purchase energy to keep the heat running, seizing the opportunity to make the quality of these often-neglected people's lives better. It is an honor to be able to care for the elderly especially when they live under military occupation.